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San Giovannino dei Cavalieri

San Giovannino dei Cavalieri (Young St. John the Baptist of the Knights) previously named Church of San Giovanni Decollato (Decapitated St. John), is a parish church situated in Via San Gallo in central Florence, Italy.

Church of Saint John the Baptist of the Knights
(Chiesa di San Giovannino dei Cavalieri)
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Façade of the church.
Basic information
LocationFlorence, Italy
Geographic coordinatesCoordinates: 43°46′47.23″N 11°15′30.83″E / 43.7797861°N 11.2585639°E / 43.7797861; 11.2585639
AffiliationRoman Catholic
ProvinceFlorence
Architectural description
Architectural typeChurch
Groundbreaking1553
Completed1784

Initially the site held a 14th-century home for women of "easy virtue" and dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, it was renamed after the patron saint of the Cavalieri or Knights of Malta. Rebuilt from 1553-1784, with facade added in 1699. Presently it contains a Coronation of the Virgin by Neri di Bicci, a Nativity by Bicci di Lorenzo, an Annunciation attributed to the Master of Stratonice, a Decapitation of St. John the Baptist by Pietro Dandini, vault frescoes by Alessandro Gherardini, a painted cross in the apse by Lorenzo Monaco, and a Last Supper by Palma il Giovane.

ReferencesEdit

  • Borsook, Eve (1991). Vincent Cronin (general editor), ed. The Companion Guide to Florence. Harper Collins. p. 241. ISBN 000215139-1.

External linksEdit

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